Wall Décor

Published on February 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging Hides the Ugly

A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging


Description: We moved into an amazing work/live loft a few months ago, and we just about love everything about this place. Except one thing. The ugly white internet box smack dab in the middle of our living space with conduit going all the way up to the ceiling. Being renters, we couldn’t do anything to move it.

It was such an eyesore that we started to brainstorm ways to hide it, while keeping the box and light switches accessible. Covering it with artwork just wasn’t functional, and not much could be done to hide the pipe going up to the ceiling. We finally decided on hanging a single large piece of fabric, but weren’t in love with the idea of a graphic print for our space.

A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging
A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging

While we were searching for options, we came across these panels at Ikea that really spoke to our love of natural materials. Not to mention that each panel came at a very long length (they’re meant to be cut to your window size) and they were only $9.99/ea. Score!

It also turned out that having three separate panels was more useful than just one, so that we could access the light switch in the back. The middle blind comes forward about an inch, just enough to give the piece some depth, while hiding the internet box underneath. We intentionally hung up the white panel backwards, so that the wood ribs would show on the front and echo the tan color on the straw panels. To finish off the panels, I cut up thin rods of Hickory leftover from another project, and sandwiched the panels in between.

A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging

We didn’t like the cheap-o aluminum curtain rods that usually go with these panels, so we made our own from a nice piece of Alder wood. A 1.5″ tall trim of Hickory around the main board added to the visual heft of the shelf. The contrasting border also gave the board a nice finished look. I bent some aluminum bar stock to create mounting brackets for the shelf. They’re incredibly strong, and the shelf felt completely immobile after installation.

A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging

Installing each panel was as easy as threading it through a slot and stapling it to the top of the shelf. The only challenging part about the installation was getting everything perfectly vertical. Tiny adjustments at the top would skew the length left or right several degrees.

The entire piece came out HUGE – it measures about 10ft tall and 6.5ft wide.

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~ Paula Chang, Oakland, CA

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17 Responses to A Zen Inspired Wall Hanging Hides the Ugly

  1. Chris Lade says:

    The curtain fits well with the wall, alright. Maybe I can replicate that without having to to go to a tool store and getting some heavy equipment to put in the hang bars.

  2. Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I’m glad you guys like it. It was a fun weekend project.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wonder where did you buy those chairs? They look lovely :)

  4. carpentry contractor ma says:

    I’ve always wanted to hang some temperament of panel in my canal at the vertex of the stairs and pondering this effectiveness to the scheme on a smaller scale.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea, especially for a loft, where often not only the walls are visually cluttered, but the ceilings as well.
    Love the simplicity and symmetry of the monochromatic scheme of this dining area.
    Lovely and peaceful!


  6. Anonymous says:

    I would love to have something like this to hide my wall-hanging TV. Of course, it would have to have some sliding-functionality or the like… Has anyone ever seen a solution for this?

  7. Joanna NL says:

    well done! congatulations, smart idea and looks really great !

  8. Archangel says:

    I think what you created is just beautiful. It’s one of those odd things, only YOU know what’s behind the veil, when I first saw the pix, I thought it was just a lovely almost kimono-like wall hanging, true art. I did not realize til I read the words that it was also camo. Your artistry stands, regardless. Thanks!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Really like that, I’ve always wanted to hang some kind of panel in my hallway at the top of the stairs and think this might to the trick on a smaller scale. Great idea!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. Love it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Looks great, also somewhat implies there’s a window there, just at a glance.

  12. Zulaya says:

    That’s a beautiful space and a great cover-up. The two go stunningly well together.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Smart idea. It looks great!

  14. NoNo says:

    So simple… but smart to have thought about it ! Genius !

  15. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. I suggest to put a chinese ideogram in the middle, or a japanese aiku.

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